“#6 in the October Daye faery books set in modern day San francisco, this is a great series for those who enjoy a good tale of the Fae. Etienne discovers he sired a daughter 16 years ago, and she has come into her transporting powers, but can not control them and is being used by a not-so-nice Fae to cause havoc with Tybalt and Toby. A great read.”Pam Bales wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. Felt like the relationship with Tybalt was a natural progression for the character.”danae wrote this review Monday, December 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Sooooo worth the wait!
The October Day series is, hands-down, one of the best I've read. It offers everything I love - action, a rich, well-imagined world, and a fabulous cast of main & supporting characters. With the exception of A Local Habitation (which I liked, but didn't love), every book has become an instant favorite, and IMO, Ashes of Honor might just be the best yet.
The story picks up about a year after the events of book 5, One Salt Sea. October is still recovering from everything that happened, the personal losses she sustained, and her friends are worried, both about the risks she is willing to take and the wall she's built around herself. She's there, she's functioning, but as Tybalt tells her, she's lost, and everyone is waiting for her to find her way back home. To them, and to herself.
The main plot centers around October's quest to find a missing Changeling child. Whose child is a surprise, which I won't give away, but as in any McGuire novel, what seems like a straightforward job is anything but. It's one surprise and near-death moment after the other. Thankfully, October isn't alone. Her friends are with her every step of the way. All of them, it seems - everyone she's met and helped through the last 5 books. May, Quentin, Raj, the Luidaeg, April, Elliot, Walther, Etienne, Jin, Luna, Sylvester, and of course Tybalt....we see them all, some more than others, and yet the story never feels overcrowded. There's a purpose to everyone's presence, a part for all to play.
For me, what really drove this novel wasn't finding the missing girl or defeating the bad guys. It was Toby and her various relationships, and seeing her transition from grieving & closing herself off emotionally, because she's afraid of losing someone she cares about (again), to fully embracing the idea that all these people who call themselves her friends & allies are, simply put, her family. They won't leave her. No matter what happens, they'll be there to watch her back, patch up her hurts, and keep her sane & smiling through good days and bad.
And then there is Tybalt...ah, Tybalt. Our King of Cats is all over this book, and I couldn't be happier. Love, love, LOVE that man! I can't really say more because too much of it would be spoilery, so I will content myself with this: It's about damn time!!!! *happy dance*
Final verdict: Ashes of Honor is f*cking amazing. 5 out of 5 stars.”
“Really excellent series! I love that character continuity remains faithful for each book. Although it seemed to start as just another tale, it turned into something much more profound. The ending left me biting my knuckles at the same time I was jumping up and down with glee. I would reccomend this series to anyone who likes complex characters.”Peachy K wrote this review Friday, November 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Love this series. Just the perfect mix of romance (not mushy), female leader, paranormal, mystery and danger.”Dawn and KiKi wrote this review Tuesday, October 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Toby is asked to help find a missing changeling teenager. Quentin and Tybalt help her with the search. Toby nearly dies a couple times. We get to catch up with old friends. Really really looking forward to how this series continues!”Tami H wrote this review Sunday, September 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Toby kicks ass in this high octane addition to the October Daye series.
At this point, six books into the series, we've seen October's character make quite the transformation, both emotionally and physically. From orphaned changeling kid, wandering lost in the human world. To wife and mother, trying to play Fairy Bride. And finally, where we are today; to kickass hero and knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills, friend and ally to the King of Cats and Sea Witch, rescuer of lost kids, acquirer of loyal friends, and just all-round reckless but totally lovable main character with an infectious personality. I absolutely love her! For reals.
And throughout all these changes in her circumstances, and the physical changes and power-ups she's gone through that make her now almost as indestructible as May (her former Fetch and kinda twin sister), she's somehow managed to keep that wonderful glibness, that highly inappropriate wit that so often gets her in trouble, but that is hilarious to read.
I have to say, Seanan McGuire's writing of Toby's dialogue is so funny, and so...random. I think her humour is quirky and possibly won't be for everyone, but it really tickles me. I often have to stop to do that silent laughing thing when she catches me off guard. I just like the silliness of it, especially when it's completely inappropriately-timed.
The plot for ASHES OF HONOR was a little more simplistic than past instalments have been, which I think is a good thing because this world is complex enough without having head-bending, multi-stranded plots to try and wrap my tiny mind around. It's another missing child case; a changeling teleporter this time. Which is problematic since Toby can't exactly follow a teleporter around. But that's why it helps to have friends in high places, such as the Sea Witch who can make a spell for almost any occasion, or the King of Cats who can travel through the shadows (which is almost the same thing as teleporting, but significantly more uncomfortable for a non-Caith Sidh like Toby).
There was also a separate subplot surrounding the Court of Cats which brought with it some new and very exiting developments. (You can't see me, but I'm grinning).
Most of the characters from past books made and appearance with a few notable exceptions: There was no Queen of the Mists this time (not really sad about that since she's batshit crazy and hates Toby's guts), but also not much mention of Danny the Bridge Troll (who I really like), and no one from the Undersea realm either. But I was happy to see we revisited Tamed Lightning. I love April the techno-Dryad and her complete inability to understand, sarcasm, jokes, emotions or anything said that's not meant 100% literally.
The best thing about ASHES OF HONOR for me was seeing the character development of many key players, but especially Toby. It's been a year since the last book (in Toby time as well as our time), and much has changed: Quentin, who's around 18 now, is growing up fast. May is becoming more and more like the twin sister people think she is. The Luidaeg still hasn't killed Toby. And maybe, just maybe, Tybalt doesn't dislike Toby as much as she once liked to believe he did. But at the start of the book, the one person who hasn't changed in the last year or moved on from the sad events of ONE SALT SEA, is Toby. Lucky for her, she's surrounded by awesome peeps who won't let that continue for much longer, and the progress she makes here in this book is immense.
For fans of the series, I think this instalment will become a new favourite. It certainly has for me. I feel like McGuire delivered everything I could possibly want from a UF novel, and I simply can't wait for the next one. I still have unanswered questions, but I'm confident McGuire has a master plan set in motion for revealing the answers in due course. For example, when are we going to see Amandine again and where the hell has she been? Who the frack are Quentin's parents? And what did the Sea Witch mean about the Selkies having to pay their debt soon? All these questions and more will have me counting the days until The Chimes at Midnight, which releases September 2013. Go faster time, damn you!
5 Stars ★★★★★ ♥”
“By far the best in the series! There was a lot going on in this book: Toby's grief and reactions to her losses in the previous book, her acceptance of her strengths/weaknesses, her willingness to accept help from others when it's offered and, finally, admitting to and acting upon an emotional pull she's felt in the past few books . I absolutely loved how everything came together in Ashes of Honor. I hope Seanan McGuire will write at least one more book in this series! ”Kathryn wrote this review Monday, September 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yet another addition to the fabulous October Daye series with this book being at a slightly less frenetic pace of some of the earlier books.
This book seems to cement together some of the threads of storyline - e.g. Tybalt and Toby - which I found very satisfying. The underlying mystery/detective storyline exists with the detecting being that perfect blend of fae and human that Toby specialises in.
As always I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting as I am unable to put down ANY book by this author at any point... I even find stopping for a necessary 'cup of tea' break almost impossible. Now if you knew how much I love a cup of tea you'd realise how much of a compliment that remark is to the author and her effortless writing, hence reading.
A solid urban fantasy with fantastical fae elements, necessary cast of good guys, necessary NASTY guys, as well as (of course) the BAD guys.
An absolute fae-tastic read, recommended to all lovers of urban fantasy especially. UF is a favourite of mine and surprisingly few books actually are just Urban Fantasy without falling across the PNR line (that said this book DOES have elements of romance to it albeit not the lovey-dovey kind).
A solid 5 stars from me as per usual for the latest Toby Daye book with a fabulous female protagonist!”
“This week was a week for new releases of series that I specifically follow. There was 6 new books this week to pick from…
1) I did definitely blow my entire book budget (HEHEHE, Like I have a budget) in one week.
2) I am still having a really hard time picking what book to read next because I love all these authors BUT I am so glad I decided to read Ashes of Honor because I gulp it down.
October Day, Toby, is asked by Etienne to find a missing ½ Fae child that has disappeared. Etienne didn’t know he had this child until her mother frantic calls believing that he had kidnapped his child to fairy. Chelsea is her name and she seems to be developing extremely strong teleporting abilities, so strong they may rip a whole in the fabric of Fairie if is she isn’t stopped.
Toby must find Chelsea before she rips open doors long closed between Fairie and the human world while she tries to figure out who is responsible for kidnapping Chelsea in the first place.
Tybalt come to the rescue and decides he is going to assist Toby in her task but this opens up discord in the Cat Kingdom.
Love this book, I literally did not want to put it down! Toby seemed to take front stage while her supporting characters all played a vital roles and kept this brilliant story flowing. The witty banter and perfect amount of humor added the extra kick to make this story extraordinary. It was difficult watching her mourn for Connor but Tybalt provides a very interesting future. Although there was romantic tension, it was a change to have the only sexual details to be passionate kisses… My only request of Seanan McGuire for her next book would be WRITE FASTER PLEASE!”